The “Student of the Year” program (awarded each November) celebrates the impact of technical education and superior students on our campus. The Student of the Year receives a cash scholarship prize and is recognize by the state of Utah with the winners from each of the other eight UCAT (Utah College of Applied Technology) campuses through the state.

Congratulations to Bennett Olsen,
2017 Student of the Year!

Bennett Olsen, an automotive technician student, was awarded and recognized as Southwest Technical College’s 2016-17 Student of the Year. In addition to Bennett, we also recognized all top three recipients including Mishelle Cacho and Richard Genck, who also received cash scholarship prizes. These are amazing students that represent our college well! Congrats!!!

Also, a big thank you Cedar City Rotary Club for representing and sponsoring the Southwest Tech Student of the Year. You make such an incredible impact to our college!


Brennan Wood (Southwest Tech President), David Westwood (President of Cedar City Rotary Club), Bennett Olsen, Wade Esplin (Southwest Tech Automotive Technician Department Chair), James Mullenaux (Southwest Tech Director of Student Services)

Bennett Olsen

Bennett Olsen

2016-17 Student of the Year, Automotive Technician

“From the first day, Bennett was committed to his goals and training. As he has grown in his training, that commitment has not changed and he is willing to take on any task. He loves to learn and through success, and some failure, he has learned and deepened his commitment to achieve his goals. Bennett is prepared for whatever life throws at him and with smile.”
-Wade Esplin

Read more: Iron County Today – Southwest Tech awards student of the year

Dot McFarland

Dot McFarland

2015-16 Student of the Year, Allied Health Professions - Medical Assisting

“During my year and three months in my program I learned self-confidence; I learned hope, empathy, and compassion, and I learned that no dream was too big as long as I was willing to put in the time and energy.”

Harsh Kansagra

Harsh Kansagra

2014-15 Student of the Year, Allied Health Professions - EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)

“I am proud to be an Southwest Tech student and hope to use my EMT certification to help toward my advancement to medical college one day.”